The University of York Linguistic Society


Submission Guidelines

If you are submitting an article to be published in Vernaculum, please follow the general guidelines.

General Guidelines

  • Your piece of writing should not exceed the word limit of 5,000 words. If your article exceeds that word limit, please write to us about making it available in later (dissertation) editions.
  • Please, submit your articles either as a
    –   Word document (.docx or .doc format);
    –   (Apple’s iWork) Pages document (.pages format); or
    –   PDF documents (i.e. as .pdf files)
  • Submit the file, renamed as Last Name, First Name – Paper Title (e.g. Bowers, John – Transitivity).


Vernaculum will include articles, concerning

  • General / Synchronic Linguistic Theory, including
    –   syntax and syntactic theory;
    –   semantics and semantic theory;
    –   phonetics;
    –   phonology and phonological theory;
    –   pragmatics and pragmatic theory;
    –   language variation and change and variationist theory
    –   discourse analysis;
    –   interfaces between all of the areas listed above.
  • Diachronic Linguistic Theory, Comparative / Historical Linguistics & Philology, including;
    –   comparative studies;
    –   comparative syntax, morphology, lexicology, and phonology;
    –   Indo-European studies;
    –   etymology;
    –   onomastics;
    –   etc.

Beside the mainstream linguistic studies, we also warmly welcome andy innovative ideas, which include the interaction of language with

  • literature and literary criticism,
  • philosophy of language and/or general philosophy,
  • mathematics and formal (e.g. Greenberg-like algebraic) approaches to language,
  • culture and socio-cultural studies,
  • history and historical studies,
  • anthropological studies,
  • ethnologogical studies,
  • mythology and mythological,
  • genetic studies (concerning phylogenesis, e.g.).

Should you have an idea, which may not be categorised as any of the areas listed above, we still might want to hear from.

Referencing & Syle

  • For referencing, please use the Harvard style for both the
    –   in-text citation (Author, year: page), and
    –   bibliographical referencing.
  • For style, please use Garamond font, 11-point, 3-inch margins
  • The submitted paper should be preceded by an abstract (it should generally encapsulate the paper’s content).
  • All figures and table should have a respective title (with enumeration) and description (e.g. Fig. 1: Analysis of the transitive verb … or Tab. 1: The distribution of the (r) variable across social classes …)
  • See the example as a referencing and stylistic guideline.
  • The papers will be re-edited and stylistically standarised after submission, so you don’t have to pay too much attention to the typographical style. However, make sure the paper you are submitting has correctly referenced the cited work and is academically acceptable.
  • All papers will undergo a review before it is published so you will also be able to receive some constructive feedback.
  • Please submit your papers to
  • Please note that the deadline for submission of papers to appear in the first issue of the journal, is Monday of Week 8.

Editorial Commitee

Dominic Armstrong (The University of York)
Hannah Fletcher (The University of York)
Peter Massey (The University of York)
Stéphanie Misiura (Université de Provence)
Moreno Mitrović (The University of York)
Kali Stuart 
(The University of York)

NB: Authors of the papers chosen for publication in Vernaculum, will be kindly asked to present their work at a presentation (mini-conference-like) evening, scheduled for 24 June (week 9).

For questions, not answered in the call or the guideluines, please, write to us.


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